he inaugural Lip Sync Battle took place in 2017 and has since become a cherished yearly event. Every year, both the community and Pathways students elevated their performances in pursuit of the Lip Sync Battle Championship title, and the Lip Sync Battle looked different and new.
Pathways had grown and evolved just like the Lip Sync Battle. We are thrilled to have over 100 students enrolled in our program this summer. As we continue to expand, we need additional resources. In order to fulfill this need, the Lip Sync Battle is transforming into a gala! It is our prayer that the Lip Sync Battle and Gala is a successful fundraiser that helps provide the excellent and unique programming that Pathways offers.Read More
At Pathways, we’ve been able to bring adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities together in an incredible virtual community for the past three years. Our program has connected students from all over the world, not just in the Tulsa Metro area. After completing high school, adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) often feel isolated and lonely, with limited options. But our virtual community changes all that! Here, individuals can form bonds, make friends, and continue learning in a comfortable, supportive environment, wherever they may be.Read More
At Pathways, we wholeheartedly believe that adults with I/DD possess the mental capacity to continue learning throughout their lifetime, despite the common myth that they do not. We are constantly asked why continued education is an essential part of our program, and the answer is simple – it is integral to enhancing the quality of life for our students.Read More
“Every morning he would come in and say, “Hey, bestie!” when he saw me. We always said we were besties.” teacher Chelsea Carpenter recalls her relationship with student Cade Wegener, “Cade was truly heaven on earth. I have known him for years, and I told pathways staff about him before he ever toured here. He loved coming to pathways.”Read More
Myth: People with intellectual disabilities are always happy.
Fact: Neurodivergent individuals are not always happy. It’s common for them to struggle with regulating their emotions.
When you visit a classroom at Pathways, you’ll often find our students smiling and laughing, but sometimes students struggle with frustration, sadness, or other emotions. In fact, neurodivergent individuals may struggle to regulate their emotions due to poorly developed socialization and coping skills. A delay in emotional development is often associated with intellectual disabilitiesRead More
Pathways began in 2009 with seven students, and now, 14 years later, we’re celebrating 100 students enrolled at one time! We’ve always known that Pathways is a unique community where students can be loved, respected, and valued, and we’re so thankful to reach this point in Pathways’ history.Read More
“Never give up.” This is a phrase echoed within the walls of Pathways often. Our students here are all hard workers, and this statement can usually be heard coming from teachers or students during times of mental and physical exertion. It’s a reminder than you’re tougher than you think you are. It’s a reminder that…Read More
Pathways Adult Learning Center is more than just an educational facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. It’s a second home. It’s a family. You walk the halls and you hear laughter. You peek into the classroom and you see students praying over each other. Then you pull up a seat and listen as students and…Read More
When I was pregnant, I was told I would have a boy, but when Sarita was born, I realized she was a baby girl with Down syndrome. When I realized this, I felt chosen by God because it’s a community that I love! Sarita has beautiful qualities: She has peace within her. She is loving,…Read More
On Friday, June 17, we held our first prom. This year’s theme? “Under the Sea”! As we planned the dance, we wanted this experience to be an unforgettable one knowing that many of our students had never attended prom. And it was unforgettable indeed! And as an added bonus, prom provided a respite evening for…Read More